No, sometimes it doesn’t feel all that smart, working with wood. Every time there’s a bushfire you start to think of making doors and windows out of steel. But as a woodworker you’ll get over that thoughts quickly if you walk around a lumberyard in search for some wood to make the doors.The smell of sawdust is just to familiar and no other material can compete with that.
It’s a not just dangerous living among all those trees during a 3 months rain free and hot period, this landscape is one of the reasons we moved to Portugal. Most of our free days are spend outdoors, we don’t have to travel, we’re living in the middle of a beautiful holiday destination. But, work has to be done so….
The double doors on the front are made out of pine, bought about a year before the start of the project. Well, yes, at the lumberyard they call it “secco” (so it should be dry), but we’ve got some experience now.
We just made it all simple, no locks, no handles no key to open the front doors. Just three sliding pieces of hardwood to close up the doors safely. They only will be used to get bigger items in and out the workshop.
The windows are re-used. They came out of an old house that sadly had to move for a new one. Not many Portuguese take on a restoration, they just knock the old buildings down and start from scratch with cheap bricks and lots of concrete.
The back door is made after an example of a traditional Portuguese door. Big a-symmetric horizontal dovetails keep everything together. This door I previously put on Lumberjocks as a project.
Now all the workshop needs is a floor…....
-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com